Years ago, demons were forced out of the earth’s realm by a band of supernatural fighters, banished from the place and its people in the aftermath of a horrific war. It should’ve ended there – would’ve – if not for the final demon’s claw snagging on the open portal. What felt like victory became only a reprieve, the winning warriors understanding that the tear would spread, and the demons eventually would escape exile. It was only a matter of time, and a need for future defense – a question of genetics and essences, magic and power.
Now centuries later, a new army must bind together – one of teenagers with inhuman potentials and abilities…AJ went to bed Sunday night an average teenage girl, clumsy to a fault and athletically lacking. So when she wakes up Monday morning with super-strength, she does what any rational person would do: She goes into denial. When a smoking hot guy in a suit shows up, rambling about the end of the war and demons spilling through some kind of rift, she refuses to listen, telling herself he’s insane. Except weird things just won’t quit happening, and the guy keeps popping up in her life, trying to explain the changes suddenly happening within her. Is she crazy, or is this guy… not so crazy after all?
AJ wakes up one morning and knows something is off. She feels different and seems to have picked up some strength among other things. She is approached by Julius, who seems to be following her, and she doesn’t want to talk to him. But when she hears her sister get hurt, and knows that her normal hearing couldn’t have done that she knows something is really going on. Julius explains that she has been magic essenced, so that she is chosen to join an army that is chosen to fight the demons that are coming into the world. She agrees to leave her family and go with him, but longs to return home. At the training facility she finds out that not only is she werewolf essenced, but that she is the alpha had has a lot to learn. Her and the other magic essenced must learn to work together and train hard to fight the oncoming demons.
This was a good book. It had a great story line and fun romance added in. It is clear from the beginning that Julius and AJ like each other, but they spend so much time fighting they cannot see it themselves. I enjoyed getting to know AJ and thought she was a strong young lady, who was dealt a lot and did what she needed to do. The interaction between the different groups of people (dragon, fairy, incubus, and many more) that had been essenced was great and make for fun high school type drama. The book definitely was a page turner and recommended for young adult readers.